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Junior Hunter Field Days Scheduled

Events for Young Outdoor Enthusiasts in Cecil and Frederick Counties

Photo of youth practicing archeryThe Maryland Department of Natural Resources invites youth, ages 8 to 16, with an interest in fishing, hunting, shooting sports, wildlife conservation and management to participate in upcoming Junior Hunter Field Day events in Cecil and Frederick counties. 

Field day activities are offered under the guidance of wildlife professionals in partnership with local conservation and sport clubs. These free events provide safe, enjoyable, hands-on opportunities for young people to learn about hunting, shooting, trapping and other outdoor pursuits, and their important role in conservation management. Read more…

Campers Pull Invasive Plants at New Germany

Volunteers, Staff Battle Botanical Bullies

Teams of young women joined forces with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Maryland Conservation Corps to remove more 700 pounds of invasive plants from New Germany State Park

These volunteers, members of the Washington, D.C. Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, devoted much of June 20, working in the park as part of their annual summer camp.

The teams targeted coltsfoot, crown vetch, exotic bush honeysuckles, garlic mustard and Japanese stiltgrass, among other invasivesRead more…

Maryland Fire Crew Mobilized to Combat Wildfires Out West

Department Deploys First Crew of 2018 Season

Photo of Maryland Natural Resources wildland firefighter ready to deploy to western United States. Maryland has dispatched a 20-person fire crew to battle wildfires in the western United States. Maryland State (MDS) #1 mobilized July 6 at the Madonna Ranger Station in Harford County.

The unit will join five other crews from the mid-Atlantic at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, where they will receive their assignments.

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Art in the Park Returns to Deep Creek Lake State Park

Visitors Will Enjoy Art, Food and Fun July 14-15

Deep Creek Lake State Park hosts its nineteenth annual Art in the Park festival July 14 and 15. Visitors to the park’s beach area can enjoy food, entertainment and educational activities while more than 45 artists display and sell their work.

Sponsored by the Western Garrett County State Park Volunteers, the event takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. All displayed artwork—including chocolates, furniture, jewelry, native wildflowers, photography, pottery and more—is available for purchase. Read more…

Boating Safety Enforcement Kicks into High Gear

Simple Steps Save Lives

Photo of Maryland Natural Resources Police conducting a boating safety checkThis year, the Fourth of July celebration falls midweek, giving many people an extended holiday. The goal over the next few days for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources is simple: fewer boating accidents.

The game plan is direct: the Natural Resources Police will be going all-out on the state’s waterways, from Deep Creek Lake to the Atlantic Ocean, to ensure an enjoyable and safe boating experience.

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Late June 2018 Hypoxia Report

Photo of wake at sunrise by Peter Zitta

by Peter Zitta

As anticipated, dissolved oxygen conditions in Maryland’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay mainstem worsened in late June.

During its twice monthly monitoring cruises, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources found that hypoxic water volume (areas with less than 2 mg/L oxygen) was 1.63 cubic miles, which is 42 percent greater than the late June average of 1.15 cubic miles, and an increase of 0.63 cubic miles from early June. Read more…

Maryland Fishing Report: July 4

Boy holding a blue crab

Ryan Bishop is all smiles as he holds a big jimmy destined for some crab picking. Photo by Sherry Bishop

The Fourth of July is upon us, and although it falls on a Wednesday — missing that three-day weekend luster – it’s still a little extra time off to enjoy family and friends. Here in Maryland a lot of activities will focus on a nearby body of water, from Deep Creek Lake to the Atlantic Ocean and everywhere in between.

For those living near the bay or coastal waters, the Fourth of July often means crabs and sweet corn. Judging by early observations of recreational crabbers, there were a lot of crab feasts promised, and hopefully the gatherers will be able to deliver.

Recreational crabbing continues to slowly gain momentum as more crabs enter the legal fishery after shedding – and most likely last week’s full moon was a big shed.

Those crabbing in less than 12 feet of water tend to be catching the most crabs in the lower and middle bay. Razor clams tend to top the list as the best bait.

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Aboveboard: Summer 2018

Mark Belton HeadshotWe’ve always known the lands, waters and wildlife of Maryland to be unique treasures waiting to be discovered. Now more people are realizing that stewardship and conservation of our natural resources can go hand-in-hand with economic benefits.

Recognizing that potential, the Department of Natural Resources works in partnership with the Department of Commerce on efforts to promote nature-based tourism in our state. Read more…

Ask an Expert: Summer 2018

Do you know what it takes for land to become a state park? Have you heard about Maryland’s first Climate Leadership Academy? Our experts have the answers!  Read more…

Short Takes: Summer 2018

In this issue, a reader shares a unique experience at Assateague and the department explores new technology.  Read more…

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